Far Cry 2 is not so demanding but still holds a significant element of GPU dependancy in the highlighted scenario. While the HD 5870 see's a huge lead in maximum framerates, it remains to be a rather modest defeat with the majority of framerates skewed towards the lower end of the 55 to 150 spectrum. Regardless, this is an admirable result.
At the end of the day, ATi has launched a new graphics card to directly counter nVidia's GeForce GTX 285 in the sub $400 category.In an ideal world, this graphics card needs to at least match the GTX285 in performance and be priced similarly in order to steal some sales and for the HD 5870 to be a complete success, it must give the nVidia a genuine beating. It certainly seems as though ATi's new range topper is on the right tracks to do just that but it's quite interesting to see that even one graphics generation later, games such as Crysis continue to force framerates into choppy realms at resolutions which are steadily becoming the norm in many households. Aside performance, the HD 5870's key selling points are it's full DirectX 11 functionality and support for up to 3 (or 6 with relevant "6" edition card) monitors. We for one would put significant value on both of these features but what if one's aim is only raw performance? If that is the case, might two previous generation Radeon HD 4890's in Crossfire or GeForce GTX 260/275's be a better proposition? How will the HD 5870 perform with a more affordable machine? Hopefully we can answer these questions very soon.